STASOV, VLADIMIR VASILIEVICH. 1824-1906.
Slavyanskii i vostochinyi ornament po rukopisyam drevnyago i novago vremeni [Slavic and Oriental Ornament from Ancient and Modern Manuscripts.] St. Petersburg: A. A. Ilin, 1887.
Folio. Chromolitographic title and 156 chromolithographed plates. Loose as issued within the original red cloth portfolio. Restored portfolio; edges of plates chipped by rarely affecting the images.
Provenance: book ticket of Central Book Trading Company.
FIRST EDITION of one of the great 19th century color books on ornamentation. Stasov was the most respected Russian art critic of his time and sat for Repin. Determined to divorce Russia from European influence, he produced this magnificent suite of chromolithographs to demonstrate the beauty and depth of ancient Russian art. These elegant plates demonstrate the close interplay between the Slavic and Arabic styles of ornamentation. Fekula 6191.